Press Kit: Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC) 20th Anniversary

Vehicle Dynamics Simulator Laboratory

  • The Vehicle Dynamics Simulator Laboratory was added to the Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC) in September 2019. It consists of two simulators – Dynamic Simulator and Compact Simulator
  • It is the first of its kind in North America to offer nine directions of movement to replicate the inputs a human body normally receives when driving
  • The simulators are capable of supporting:
    • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
    • Human Machine Interface (HMI)
    • Driver Distraction
    • Vehicle Dynamics – ride and handling
    • Control System Design and Verification – Hardware in the Loop (HIL), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • By using driving simulators, the driver is immersed into a virtual environment where they are able to assess the ride and handling of a vehicle, perform tests on sensor technology for ADAS applications, evaluate different HMI configurations, assess driver distraction and evaluate powertrain engine performance combined with HIL
  • The simulator sits on a three-micron cushion of air, which floats the entire four-tonne apparatus above the floor like a hovercraft or air hockey puck, allowing for seamless movements via the massive electric actuators
  • Initially the lab will focus on Chassis Vehicle Dynamics
  • The driving simulators do not require a prototype build, leading to reduced product development times and project validation costs
  • Project investment of $10.1M CAD

FCA Canada
Founded as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925, FCA Canada Inc. is based in Windsor, Ontario, and celebrates its 96th anniversary in 2021. FCA Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of FCA, a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan and member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA Canada has approximately 440 dealers that sell Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo products, as well as SRT performance products. The company also distributes Mopar and Alfa Romeo parts and accessories. In addition to its assembly facilities, which produce the Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Chrysler Voyager and Chrysler Grand Caravan (Windsor) and Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger (Brampton), FCA Canada operates an aluminum casting plant in Etobicoke, a research and development centre in Windsor, and has sales offices and parts distribution centers throughout the country.